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UOFLfan7
07-13-2012, 09:00 PM
Does anybody here know anything about these cards and why they're so expensive? I know that they were limited print runs, but I didn't know that they were limited enough to warrant almost every card in the set to have a BV of over 25.00.
Also, I am thinking of buying a complete set for 90.00$, all cards are in Near Mint-Gem Mint condition...is this a good deal?

frankh8147
07-13-2012, 09:34 PM
This was really a break through set that helped jump-start the 'limited parallel' craze of the 90's. Before this set, the most popular insert sets were numbered to around 5,000; I forgot the exact number this set was limited to, i believe it was either 231 or 261, but either way, you get the point-this was an exceptionally rare set. As per the second part of your question- I hate doubt your card collecting knowledge-but I kind of have to...are you sure this isn't the base set (of regular Finest) which you can buy for $90??? For someone to spend that much time and money to build this set and sell it for that price...this set would sell on Ebay for a few thousand..

frankh8147
07-13-2012, 09:37 PM
Just to expand on my last comment, if you are 100% certain they are the refractor version it's the deal of a lifetime but if your not sure, research it-a lot of people (who aren't too familiar with Topps Finest) confuse the base cards for refractors

UOFLfan7
07-13-2012, 09:50 PM
I have researched it and have made sure it was the refractors, but just to be cautious I will do a bit more research. Thanks for your help.

Here is a scan of some cards that the seller uploaded...these are Topps Finest Refractors correct?

cwazzy
07-14-2012, 02:21 PM
I believe those are the regular cards. The refractor cards woudl have more of a rainbow appearance.

UOFLfan7
07-14-2012, 02:50 PM
I believe those are the regular cards. The refractor cards woudl have more of a rainbow appearance.

They look sort of rainbowish to me, but who knows haha. I havn't bought them yet. Thanks for the help.

Jantz
07-14-2012, 06:36 PM
Cameron

Here are scans of a regular 1993 Finest & a refractor. The refractor version is on the left. These cards do not say "refractor" on the back. Its better to have these cards in hand when determining which version they are.

Hope this helps


Jantz

UOFLfan7
07-14-2012, 07:01 PM
Cameron

Here are scans of a regular 1993 Finest & a refractor. The refractor version is on the left. These cards do not say "refractor" on the back. Its better to have these cards in hand when determining which version they are.

Hope this helps


Jantz

Jantz

Thank you for those scans they helped a ton in determing whether or not the set was the refractor version or not.

It turns out that the set wasn't the refractor verson despite the title saying it was, so I contacted the seller and told him about it. He said that he would change the title of his item. Once again thanks for the help.

Cameron

4reals
07-21-2012, 06:34 PM
If anyone has an Orel Hershiser or Mike Piazza 93 Finest Refractor I would be happy to make an offer. Need them to complete my Dodgers team set, thanks!

tiger8mush
11-17-2012, 07:24 AM
If anyone has an Orel Hershiser or Mike Piazza 93 Finest Refractor I would be happy to make an offer. Need them to complete my Dodgers team set, thanks!

There is a Piazza on ebay now ...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1993-Topps-Baseball-Finest-Refractor-199-Mike-Piazza-/140884604473?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item20cd607639

ls7plus
11-20-2012, 11:54 PM
The print run for each card was supposedly 241. I remember shortly after the issue date that the set price quoted in the montly Beckett publication was $100,000--a dealer friend of mine and I thought it either had to have been a misprint, or enough collectors (speculators?) were out there with far more money than brains!

On second thought, buyers at that price then are probably the same guys who might jump at the BIN $50,000 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Mike Trout rookie (1 of 2) recently seen on ebay. If Mike, who is indeed a very fine player, lives up to his potential and plays in similar fashion for another 15-20 years, that card still won't even begin to be worth that kind of dough!!!

Best wishes,

Larry